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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Oct. 11, 2012) – More than 650 University of Central Missouri students were visible throughout Warrensburg Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 10, offering their services to the community as part UCM’s 2012 Homecoming Community Service Day.
UCM students prepare the Habitat for Humanity home for siding.
Their tasks were varied—everything from yard work, painting and trash pick-up to cooking and planting trees. All were volunteers who were giving of their time and talents in an effort to give back to the community.
According to Kristie Brinkley, UCM’s assistant director of student activities for volunteer and non-traditional student services, the number of volunteers set a new record for UCM’s community service days.
“This is the largest group of student we’ve ever had sign up and participate in one of our community service days,” Brinkley said. “We had 515 participate in the Homecoming Community Service Day last year, and that was a record. It continues to grow each year.”
Student volunteers were sent out to 43 locations in Warrensburg. Many worked in small groups, completing tasks such as cleaning churches and doing fall yard work for senior citizens. More than 100 students assisted Warrensburg Main Street with downtown cleanup and the renovation of the back sides of buildings along the south side of the 100 block of West Pine Street in preparation for the city’s “Train Town USA” designation by Union Pacific Railroad on Oct. 26.
Students assist Warrensburg Main Street in renovating buildings along Pine Street.
A group of young women, under the supervision of UCM construction management student Paige Becker, began the task of placing siding on the Habitat for Humanity home under construction as a joint effort by Habitat for Humanity of Johnson County, UCM and the Warrensburg School District, while men of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity worked under the supervision Melissa Gower, director of the Warrensburg Senior Center, preparing breakfast burritos.
As she and her Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority sisters swept the sidewalks of West Pine Street, UCM student Carly Franzoi joined explained the importance of the community service day.
“This is our community—this is where we live,” she said. “It’s important to be a part of what makes it a place where we all want to live. And this experience will be part of what I will take with me when I finish my degree and leave Warrensburg.”